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Constitution Day Performance Province & Duty: The Legacy of Marbury v. Madison

Presented by the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership

The Waynesburg University Stover Scholars will present “Province and Duty: The Legacy of Marbury v. Madison” in celebration of Constitution Day Thursday, Sept. 19, at noon in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center.

The play dramatizes the 1803 Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison. In that case, Chief Justice John Marshall opined for a unanimous Supreme Court, sharing “it is emphatically the province and duty to say what the law is,” and held that the Judiciary Act of 1789 was unconstitutional, thereby asserting the power of judicial review, the authority of the Supreme Court to strike down unconstitutional laws.

Ryan Williams, a junior political science major, chaired a committee of Stover Scholars who authored the play based on the ESPN show “Sports Center.”